When I say “Global-Local” I am referring to a movement we are witnessing...a movement back to local resources, and one that is happening in many, many, parts of the world. Be it through a rise in homesteading, new interest in permaculture, or transition towns popping up in cities across the planet, we are seeing a draw back to local, truly organic, and truly sustainable ingredients for our everyday lives.
Hugelkultur can help us in this mission, they are certainly up for the job….A giant problem, requires a giant solution...And they are absolute food producing giants, both in the amount food production and in the size of the mounds themselves….The Hugel tradition as taught by Sepp Holzer, constructs Hugels at approximately 6 ft. high, yep you heard right, and then, tops them up with a 6 ft. high trellis to allow yet more space for climbers.
So what’s so great about them besides being huge?
Here's just 7 off their useful functions.
The 7 Wonders of The Hugelkultur
1. Their shape increases the available growing area by an average of 33%
2. A Hugelkultur stores water in it's spongy wood core and slowly releases it from the wood as the upper layers of soil dry up...This creates incredible drought tolerance and water conservation.
3. Plants need and love warmth...Hugelkultur Mounds, have south facing slopes, act as wind protection and absorb heat from the environment, this all creates warm “microclimates” that really help the plants to thrive.
4. Hugels are no till…Their core is made up of a long term compost system that keeps the soil food web alive which feeds and maintains the soil structure.
5. Long Term Fertility & Soil Building….The internal composting within the mound feeds the soils fertility for 5-10 years, often more!
6. Less bending and kneeling...Thanks to the large mound, harvesting food from a Hugelkultur can be done with less bending.
7. A new purpose for brush piles...Wait! Don’t torch that pile! That’s your watering and fertilizing system for the next 5-10 years!
What’s obvious to me, is that Hugelkulturs are an inspiration by the very nature of what they do and how they look...As food producing giants, they are equally huge for their role in the local food movement that is occurring in much of our world 'kulturs' today.